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FAQs



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Where does Spectrum hold classes?

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Spectrum's classes are held at Hope Baptist Church, located at 8801 Stephens Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723.

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When does Spectrum hold classes?

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Spectrum holds classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. during the school year.

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Is Spectrum an accredited program?

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No, Spectrum is not an accredited program.

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Does Spectrum offer homeschool oversight?

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No, Spectrum does not offer homeschool oversight.

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For what grades does Spectrum offer classes?

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Spectrum offers classes for grade 3 through grade 12.

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Do students have to take all the "core classes"?

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No, all classes are a la carte. Students may take as few as one class or as many as ten classes.

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What do the terms "Grammar," "Dialectic," and "Rhetoric" mean?

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The class groupings, "Grammar," "Dialectic," and "Rhetoric," are taken from the classical model of education (though Spectrum does not follow a classical model in its teaching). 

  • Grammar Level - grades 3-6
  • Dialectic Level - grades 6-9
  • Rhetoric Level - grades 9-12

Spectrum specifically uses this language in its groupings so that parents can feel comfortable placing their children in the appropriate classes. A student who is actually one grade "older" may register in a class grouped for "younger" grades. For example, some of our 10th grade students take Dialectic English even though the technical dialectic grade levels are 6-9. Likewise, 7th graders sometimes opt to take Grammar Level classes that are technically slated for 3rd-6th grades. This language invites fluidity in placement given students needs. 

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Why is 6th grade listed in both Grammar and Dialectic level classes and 9th grade listed in both Dialectic and Rhetoric level classes?

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Both 6th and 9th grades are years when we allow flexibility for parents to decide where their children would do best. If a parent feels that her child would struggle at the next level, she may keep the child at the lower level. Likewise, if a parent feels that her child would flourish with the challenge of more advanced work, she may place the child at the higher level.  Parents  may make different choices for different classes. For example, a parent may place her 9th grade student in biology at the Rhetoric level but in history at the Dialectic level. 

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Does Spectrum require uniforms?

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No, Spectrum does not require uniforms. We do ask students to dress modestly and to consider others when deciding what to wear.

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What is required of parents?

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Spectrum is a tutorial. This means that our teachers hold class once, and in some cases twice, each week to enhance the teaching parents are doing at home. Each class teacher selects the curricula, determines the pace of class, and assigns homework. Parents remain their children's primary teachers and should ensure that their children keep up with the class assignments and homework. Parents may also dismiss assignments or add assignments as they see fit, keeping the classroom teachers informed of such decisions so that teachers know what to expect from the students.  Parents are not required to fulfill any "jobs" at the tutorial; however, should parents wish to help out, there are occasional opportunities to volunteer. 

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Does Spectrum provide lunch?

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No. Students should bring a packed lunch. We do offer opportunities twice a month to order pizza for lunch.

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May parents stay on site while their children are in class?

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Please note that the information below may not apply during the 2021-2022 school year. Please stay tuned. 

Yes, Spectrum provides a family study hall room  where parents may wait while their children are in class. This room is made available for parents to homeschool other children while waiting for a child who is in class. Parents may also sit with their children in this room between classes if they do not wish to register their children for study hall. However, the room is limited on space; it can seat about a maximum of 12 people. This room is for studying and working, not for visiting with other parents and students. 

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Is there a place for parents to sit with their other children while one child is in class?

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Please note that the information below may not apply during the 2021-2022 school year. Please stay tuned. 

Yes, Spectrum provides a family study hall room  where parents may wait while their children are in class. This room is made available for parents to homeschool other children while waiting for a child who is in class. Parents may also sit with their children in this room between classes if they do not wish to register their children for study hall. However, the room is limited on space; it can seat about a maximum of 12 people. This room is for studying and working, not for visiting with other parents and students. 

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What curriculum does Spectrum use for for English?

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Spectrum generally uses Tapestry of Grace as a "spine" book for selecting literature assignments. This year, most writing classes will use Institutes for Excellence in Writing for writing lesson. Please see our class descriptions for the curriculum used in the English class you are interested in. 

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Does Spectrum use Apologia for science?

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Yes, we generally use Apologia for science at all levels. Chemistry uses different curriculum. Please see our class descriptions for the curriculum used in the science class you are interested in. 

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Do students have to take the theatre class in order to be part of a Stagelight Productions show?

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No, students do not have to take the theatre class in order to be part of a Stagelight Productions show.

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Who may I contact if I have questions about registration?

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Should you have any questions about registration, please contact our Registrar, Jeneane Tolley, at [email protected]